Happy new year to all my tribal friends. Wanna share your break-fast meal?
I make the same things year after year and am looking for new ideas.
Last year we did a spread of lox, bagels, etc with fresh fruit - the weather was gorgeous and sunny and we broke fast outside. This year, I'm thinking of making something stewier for the weather, but I haven't quite got my head around it yet. Other years have included: Indian potato pea curry, potatoes au gratin (though slicing potatoes on an empty stomach can lead to disaster, be warned), crepes, roasted fish. Yeah, mine haven't been particularly "traditional" either.
this time of year the ultimate breakfast for me is apples or pears simply sliced and topped with toasted walnuts or pecans. If you can get your hands on some medjool dates, they are really good in the morning with walnuts as well. A different and healthy breakfast.
OK let's bring this fish in the boat.
Jfood assumes you are referring to Thursday evening's breaking fast.
Jfood looks forward to the same staples that he has enjoyed for 52 years and hopefully one or more of these will help:
- cheese blintzes with sour cream
- bagels with a shmear, novey, sable, white fish, pickled herring in cream sauce
- chooped liver on ritz crackers
and let's not forget the best chocolate egg cream
:-(( For some reason jfood does not like raw onions, but loves cooked onion.
Jfood's dear departed FIL was the raw onion king and jfood would always look for that per sized vidalia to slice and place at his setting. First one he is not with us so jfood may cut an onion in respect.
A bagel without onion is like... is like... well, a bagel without an onion! But to each his (her) own. I love the idea of your onion "tribute." This will be our first break fast without my Dad. You've inspired me to come up with a similarly appropriate tribute for our table, too.
My mother usually puts out a light dairy meal with sambusak, bagels, cream cheese, lox, chopped salad, a fruit platter and ka'ak.
My husband's coworkers are mostly Jewish and they don't actually fast but they do put out a meal to 'break the fast.' From what I hear, noodle kugel, bagels, smoked fish, and a cheese plate with fruit are common.
I tend not to eat traditional American breakfast foods. Some of my favorite breakfasts:
pho -- chicken, beef, vegetarian
miso soup with rice and vegetables
miso noodle soup
tom yum soup
mushroom barley soup
split pea soup
actually, any kind of soup
rice and dal
fruit and yogurt
leftovers from last night's dinner
bi bim bap (Korean mixed vegetables and rice)
scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers, onions, spinach and hot sauce served with corn tortillas
rice and steamed egg custard
steamed kabocha squash
roasted sweet potatoes
And if I'm not too hungry, chai tea.
After a 26 hour fast, the last thing I want to do is cook. Tomorrow I'll buy the bagels, smoked trout, whitefish or whitefish spread, and sugared soda. I'd buy real lox - not Nova - if I could find it in my area, but I can't. Then there's always the leftovers from the se'udah mafseket.
It doesn't sound like much but I've never really understood how people feel up to preparing and partaking in elaborate social events after such a difficult day.
Btw, my fondest break-fast memories are from college where the Hillel would put out cider and powdered sugar donuts after Ne'ilah. Then the whole gang would head over to Bertucci's for a thick-crust sausage pizza. Obviously kashrut wasn't an issue.
(1) Apples and ricotta "pie"
(a) I make homemade chunky applesauce with cinnamon sugar (but you can purchase if you want >> making sure it is quite chunky). Having that in the fridge, I spoon some into a 1 cup ramekin (single serving baking bowl), a little less than 1/2 cup.
(b) Then I use a little less than 1/2 cup ricotta, add one egg (just eff white is okay, too), some sugar and cinnamon and whip it up. Pour this mixture over the applesauce.
(c) Bake (in a toaster oven if just one or two) at 350 for about 30 minutes (or a little more if oven varies).
It is done when set and lightly brown. It doen't rise much at all, so don't worry about filling vessel to almost full capacity.
We've also tried this in the form of "lasagna" for a larger group, using lasagna noodles in a square pan, layering ingredients, and topping with buttered brown sugar.
(2) Baked yam, sliced, buttered and spinkled with lots of brown sugar or maple syrup and almonds or walnuts for protein.
If you are having people over, I would say keep it basically the same as you have had in the past, with maybe a little variety. I'm all for trying new foods, but not after fasting all day. If I am going to someone's house, I want to go some place where I am guaranteed to have bagels, lox/nova, cream cheese, tomato, sliced red onion, capers, whitefish salad (or tuna salad). A big plus for a noodle pudding. And something chocolately for dessert.
It is my favorite meal of the year and I will spend the entire day on Thursday thinking about it. I'm already thinking about it and I don't want any surprises!
Thank you all for your thoughts and ideas. I have decided to stick with the tried and true since my family all voted for that course of action which I understand since for most it's comfort food and tradition reigns. But I am going to add the apple and ricotta pie as it sounds light and lovely. Easy over the fast to all and best wishes for a happy, healthy, sweet and prosperous (here's hoping) new year.